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In 1945, the Japanese government was able to avoid defeat in World War Two by unleashing an army of demons on the unsuspecting Allies. However, about twenty years later, abnormalities began to arise, especially in the Kanto region, and Japan began losing much of its territory to demon infestation. By 2033, blue skies are a rarity in Tokyo because of the immense magical energies that have been unleashed.
The main action centers around Yae Mizushira, a young demon hunter who seeks to restore her family's prestige by fighting the demons that infest Japan. However, when she realizes that her rival is trying to summon an ancient spirit named Himiko in order to give himself unlimited power, she and her friends must find the power to stop him from destroying that remains of Japan and the world.
Naturally, this means that they have to fight off hordes of tentacle monsters and other assorted nasties.
Zanjibaru contains examples of:
- Combat Tentacles
- Gun and Sword: Kyoko's main weapons are a katana and a submachine gun.
- Mysterious Waif: Crow.
- Naughty Tentacles
- Nice Girl: Yae
- Ninja Maid: Shino's skills including cooking, domestic work, diverse weapons training (including small arms, rifles, and rocket launchers) and tactical driving.
- 108: The main events of the story take place in 2033 (what would have been the 108th year of the Showa Era had it not ended).
- Rival Turned Evil: Shiei Higura is willing to risk destroying the world in exchange for unlimited power.